Redd Becker Book Review
When a high school girl runs her car off the road in an act of suicide, her family and friend’s lives change forever. The primary focus of Falling into Place is the reaction of family and friends as they grapple with the unexpected death.
With the pressures teens are subjected to in our society, it is no wonder suicide concerns us. Although a painful topic, we need to be aware of it. Zhang brings the subject into full fruition from the perspective of those close to the teen.
Characters of Falling into Place
Zhang develops believable characters with reactions we can understand, if not always agree with.
Scenes jump between her brother, friends, mom and dad. Character changes are noted at the beginning of each chapter to help the reader orient. Each chapter is written in third-person-close from a different person’s perspective, but there is also a first person narrator who occasionally appears. This perspective is not identified until the end. Scenes takes place at different times and places. Present is mixed with flashbacks.
The story was well written and engaging but too depressing for me. It hurt in its reality.
For another reviewers perspective check out Stacked Books review.Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.
Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.